XpresSpa Group Extends Collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Conduct Ongoing COVID-19 Biosurveillance at U.S. Airports
First launched in
With the recent expansion, the program now tests passengers entering the United States from seven African countries, including passengers making connections through the
“For the past 3 months, XpresCheck and their testing partner, Concentric by Gingko, demonstrated that a traveler-based SARS-CoV-2 viral genomic surveillance program can help detect emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants in the United States,” said Dr.
Operationally, the current expansion utilizes the same tests and processes as the pilot program. Passengers take a PCR test, which is combined with 5-10 other samples and sent to the lab to determine the presence of COVID-19. If the presence of COVID-19 is detected in the pooled sample, the viral samples will undergo genomic sequencing to identify the presence of any variants, such as the Omicron variant. In addition to the pooled tests, participating travelers are provided a free take-home PCR test which they are recommended to take within 3-5 days after their arrival. Both tests help the
“It’s a source of pride for me and all the XpresCheck employees that we are making a real impact in the response to COVID-19,” said
Funding for this project is made possible (in part) by the
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